A Backyard Treehouse: For the Child in All of Us

by hookedonhouses on April 18, 2008

TreehouseADsketchA tree house should never overpower the tree in which it is built. It should sit lightly in the branches.” –Jeanie Stiles

Have you ever dreamed of having a treehouse in your backyard? Jeanie Stiles and her husband David did, so they designed one for their children, beginning with the sketch you see above. They say it was inspired by The Lord of the Rings, but this picture makes me think more of Winnie-the-Pooh and Christopher Robin in the Hundred Acre Wood than Hobbits. Can’t you just imagine Owl peeking out from one of those windows?


The Stiles family treehouse was featured in Architectural Digest, which says:

Protected from weather and adults, the kid-size interior forms a cozy hide-away, inspired by J. R. R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit, a favorite of the children’s.

(Photos by Billy Cunningham.)

TreehouseAD2My kids would love this. But I’m afraid they’d have to fight me for it. I’d be sneaking up into that treehouse every afternoon with a book in one hand and a cold glass of lemonade in the other.

“Where did Mom go?”
“Did you check the treehouse?”
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Hairy Weisenheimmer April 18, 2008 at 11:09 pm

OHHHHHH!!! This is your best house yet!!!

JLB April 18, 2008 at 11:25 pm

OH! This is my fav house ever featured. I want to move in now…right now! I want a tree house!!!!…..please…please…please. It isn’t working…..back to reality. ” Honey did you pay the mortgage on this ordinary house we live in?”

maya April 19, 2008 at 6:36 am

Wow! I’d be up there with you. :-)

maya April 19, 2008 at 6:36 am

Put a computer in there and I’d never leave!!

Marie April 19, 2008 at 8:35 am

I love it! At first I was confused about how it was inspired by Lord of the Rings too. But it reminds me of the houses in Carmel, CA which we used to call Hobbit Houses, so I guess it makes sense to me now. In MY head. lol I have to find my Hobbit House pictures….

Meredith April 19, 2008 at 9:00 am

This is heavenly. When I was little I always wanted a special place–a club house, a tree house, a play house. Sometimes I would just set up a card table, throw a blanket over it, and crawl in with my crayons and paperdolls. This treehouse would make you never want to grow up.

karen (Pediascribe) April 19, 2008 at 9:47 am

That’s awesome! My kids would LOVE that. Until the spiders moved in. ;)
And I totally agree! Very Hundred Acre Woods-ish.

Guess what??? I’m heading back to Ikea today!

Amy April 19, 2008 at 11:19 am

Very, very cool!

abbreviated April 19, 2008 at 11:46 am


Our tree house is more of a fort !

yankeebelle April 19, 2008 at 5:02 pm

This is wonderful! Thanks for visiting my blog!

Tracey April 19, 2008 at 8:56 pm

I would love a tree that big in my yard for a beautiful tree house! I agree, I would be sneaking off to that spot all the time!

Linda@restyledhome April 21, 2008 at 8:05 am

Oyyy!! I always wanted a tree house so badly for my youngest son…Sadly, our yard is so small, with no large trees.

Hubby and I are actually in the “design phase” of planning a playhouse for our daughter. This is a wee bit more realistic, even though it will take up the remaining tiny corner of our yard!!

This was fun!

Tori April 24, 2008 at 8:40 am

Wow! I would be spending all my time in that tree house.

mamacita May 31, 2008 at 10:17 pm

I must’ve missed this post. Even at my age, I’d love a treehouse like that – somewhere to go sit and read books and drink iced tea. Heaven. :)

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